The Griffin

New summer reading excites

Kai Smith, Staff Editor

December 5, 2019

Normal mandatory reading that is assigned each summer has been replaced by book talks at Dulaney High School. This concept was created to motivate students to read from a book genre of their choice over the summer and then discuss the book with like-minded students and a sponsoring teacher. Dulaney...

Budget approval breeds skepticism

Dylan McCabe, Associate Editor

December 5, 2019

The urgent need for updated school infrastructure was addressed on Aug. 6, 2019, where board members proposed a new plan of action known as the state capital budget request. High schools including Lansdowne, Towson and Dulaney are gaining increased attention from the school system staff towards the growing...

Words with Wynkoop

Faizah Saadmim, Editor-in-Chief

December 5, 2019

Principal Samuel Wynkoop sat down with the Griffin staff to discuss his expectations and goals for the 2019-2020 school year. What is your general outlook for the school year? Greatness. Looking fantastic. One of the things that we are trying to pay special attention to this year as a staff is to really...

Class council changes debated

Jeongin Kim and Chris Cao

December 5, 2019

Pursuing efficiency and consistency in the form of expertise, Dulaney’s administration has enacted changes to the class council student-advisor system. Previously, two teachers were assigned to a class freshman year and remained the class’s advisors for the entirety of their high school duration....

Parking restrictions cause frustration

Sophia Paranzino and Alycia Wong

November 22, 2019

As students and teachers arrived back on the grounds of Dulaney High School, many received a surprising welcome from the residents surrounding the school: parking restrictions. These restrictions apply to the residential sides of Padonia and Treherne Road, where many students have parked the last couple...

Vaping epidemic prevails

Vaping epidemic prevails

Faizah Saadmim and Christopher Cao

November 22, 2019

Teen vaping rates and e-cigarette related deaths have been rising since 2017. The CDC has confirmed 1,479 vaping-related injuries and 33 deaths in the United States over the past six months. In response to the rise in teen vaping deaths across the country, the Maryland Department of Health increa...

Departments cope with decreasing budget

Maria Eberhart, Editor-in-chief

January 9, 2019

Dulaney’s operating budget has steadily declined since the 2015-16 school year despite consistent enrollment and increasing structural issues. The operating budget, which is specifically apportioned for supplies, materials and other various services, is determined by Baltimore County Public Schools us...

Laptops: necessity or accessory?

Laptops: necessity or accessory?

Anna Mason, Editor-in-chief

January 9, 2019

Following the Baltimore County school board’s approval of a $140 million technology contract with Daly Computers in April 2018, laptops were issued to the student body, in its entirety, approximately three weeks after the start of the school year. The program seeks to expand a pre-existing four-year-old...

Eating disorders rates amongst teens escalate

Olivia Summons, Editor-in-chief

January 7, 2019

For an anonymous junior, feeling consumed by personal body image issues has compromised their ability to perform both in school and in life. “Some people I know just don’t like themselves and they can’t cope with that,” the anonymous student said. Kate Clemmer, licensed clinical social...

Google ban detrimental to productivity

Geoffrey Dochat and Morgan Pierce

January 7, 2019

Baltimore County Public School’s recent decision to block popular search engine Google has left students like junior Phuong Nguyen struggling to efficiently access reliable and relevant information. “It makes it [challenging] for me to do research, and it takes longer to use other sites like Bing,”...

Zeroes foster motivation

Ethan Samels and Dylan McCabe

January 7, 2019

Changes to Baltimore County Public School’s mastery grading policy have culminated in significant ramifications for students and teachers alike. Previously, incomplete assignments received a low score code (LS), indicating a 50 percent in the gradebook, even if the work was never attempted. The policy,...

Extended day debated

Rochelle Shubinsky and Maddie Essig

January 7, 2019

Next year, the school day will be extended by 15 minutes, a decision made by county officials in response to a school-wide failure to meet the required amount of county-mandated hours of instruction. Baltimore County Public Schools faculty and staff gathered Nov. 27 to discuss implementation. Currently...